Ritual Slaughter in Islam (Zabihah)
Islamic Slaughter is Humane and Produces Healthy HalalMeat
©Christine Benlafquih Oct 17, 2008 The United States Humane Slaughter Act recognizes ritual slaughter according to Islamic andJewish dietary guidelines is acceptable and humane.Both the Jewish (
) and Islamic (
) methods of slaughter involvemaking a single, swift incision to the throat of the animal – deep enough to sever the jugular vein, carotid arteries, trachea and esophagus, but not so deep as to cut the spinal cord.Although the image of this may be disturbing, ritual slaughter when performed correctly is painless to the animal. This is because the immediate severance of both the blood and oxygensupply to the brain causes the animal to quickly lose consciousness and all sensation. Anemia of the brain occurs within seconds.
Scientific Research Proves Islamic Slaughter is Humane
Professor Wilhelm Schulze of the Hannover University's School of Veterinary Medicine inGermany, and his colleague Dr. Hazim, compared the response of the brain and heart during andimmediately after ritual slaughter and slaughter with captive bolt stunning, a method widely usedin many slaughterhouses.The results of electroencephalograph (EEG) and electrocardiogram (ECG) readings showed thatIslamic ritual slaughtering caused a loss of consciousness before pain could be felt, while thecaptive bolt stunning caused severe pain to the animal before it lost consciousness.Dr. Temple Grandin, an expert on livestock handling facilities and a professor of animal scienceat Colorado State University, has witnessed ritual slaughter many times while inspecting andadvising kosher slaughterhouses. She notes on her website: “When the cut is done correctly, theanimal appears not to feel it. From an animal welfare standpoint, the major concern during ritualslaughter are the stressful and cruel methods of restraint (holding) that are used in some plants."
Conditions for Islamic Slaughter (Zabihah)
Inhumane restraint of an animal at the time of slaughter goes against Islam, which requires kindand merciful treatment before and during the slaughter. This includes raising the animal in anatural -- preferably organic -- free range manner.